Testimony of Secretary Michael Chertoff before the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations, April 10, 2008   [open pdf - 41KB]

This is testimony from Michael Chertoff, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, before the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations hearing held on April 10, 2008. From Chertoff's testimony: "I am pleased to appear before the Subcommittee today to highlight some of our key accomplishments of the last year and to present President Bush's Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This year, as DHS embarks on our fifth year anniversary, we continue to protect the nation from dangerous people and goods; to protect critical infrastructure; to build a nimble, effective emergency response system and a culture of preparedness; and to strengthen the Department's operations and management. The Department has made tremendous progress in achieving effective control of the border, screening passengers, protecting critical infrastructure, responding to emergencies, and enforcing our immigration laws. In FY 2007, we invested significant time and effort to implement the requirements of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, to focus our efforts on the greatest risks, to be nimble in our response to changing threats, and to be disciplined in our use of resources as we build a Department ready to meet future challenges seamlessly with state and local leadership, first responders, the private sector, our international partners, and most certainly, the public. It is no accident that we have not suffered a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. It is the result of the President's leadership, the support of Congress, and the hard work and constant vigilance of hundreds of thousands of men and women -- including the employees at DHS -- who are working tirelessly both at home and overseas to protect our country. Under the President's leadership, the Department will continue to effectively carry out its critical mission and will leave a strong foundation for the future."

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